Reading vs Bristol City
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Saturday, 9th September 2017
Kick off at 15:00 UK/16:00 CET
Venue: Madejski Stadium.
Reading hosts Bristol City trying to improve on their start of the season. The team reached the play-offs last season and will be looking to do that again.
Reading scored their first away victory this season. The Royals traveled to Birmingham. The first half finished in a goalless draw but in the second Bodvarsson and Evans gave the team important lead and 3 points.
Bristol took a point in their game before the break. After a goalless draw against Aston Villa everything interesting happened in the second half. 2 quick goals in the space of 4 minutes ensured the draw stays. Paterson opened the score for the home side in the 60th minute while Onomah equalized just 4 later.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The Royals would have hoped for a better start of the season. 7 points out of 15 possible doesn’t look good enough. Victories against Aston Villa at home and Birmingham away gave some important points but the defeats to QPR and Preston away are pinpointing towards the teams weakness from last season – the away games.
The team played last game with a 3-4-1-2 formation with Bodvarsson and Barrow up front and Kelly dropping a bit deeper to connect to the midfield 4. This proved to be a successful strategy for the game since the team looked stable and won with a clean sheet.
City have 6 points so far with 1 victory 3 draws and a defeat in their opening 5 games. They are still undefeated at home with a victory and 2 draws but just 1 point in 2 games on the road puts some worries. The team is capable of scoring to any opponent but sometimes lets silly mistakes. 4 of their 5 games finished with both teams finding the net.
Bristol fielded in a 4-4-2 formation against Aston Villa. This gave the team plenty of width but allowed Villa to try and hit on the counter with their pace. Diedhiou and Bobby Reid are forming a good partnership up front and it will be interesting to see them perform again.
Reading vs Bristol: Head to head
Reading are with a enormous advantage here. 8-2 victories in their favour speaks for itself.
Reading have 4 straight victories over Bristol.
The last success for Bristol come back in 2013 in a friendly game.
At home Reading have 5 straight victories.
Reading vs Bristol: Prediction
Reading are a strong side at home with ambitions for promotion. This makes them huge favourites in such games where their opposition just doesn’t feel comfortable on the road. Reading are the favourites here and they have no right to disappoint their expectant fans.
Reading vs Bristol: Bet Tips
Reading to win for 2.55 with Pinnacle.
Safer option Reading 0.0 AH for 1.80 with bet365.